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Dean Y. Arakaki

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Associate Professor Dean Y. Arakaki

Phone: 805-756-2625
Office: 20A-302

Fall 2019 Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:10-8:30 AM   EE 375-01
8:40-9:00 AM        
9:10-9:30 AM Office Hour   Projects  
9:40-10:00 AM    
10:10-10:30 AM Lect Prep Lect Prep Lect Prep
10:40-11:00 AM
11:10-11:30 AM EE 402-04
EE 402-04
EE 402-04
  EE 402-04
11:40 AM-12:00 PM  
12:10-12:30 PM          
12:40-1:00 PM         Algae Biofuel Project
1:10-1:30 PM       Projects
1:40-2:00 PM        
2:10-2:30 PM Lect Prep Lab Prep Lect Prep Lecture Prep
2:40-3:00 PM
3:10-3:30 PM EE 405-01
EE 445-1
EE 405-01
Wildlife/PEF Projects 
EE 405-01
3:40-4:00 PM
4:10-4:30 PM Office Hour  Office Hour
 Office Hour
4:40-5:00 PM  
5:10-5:30 PM        
5:40-6:00 PM        
6:10-6:30 PM          
6:40-7:00 PM          
7:10-7:30 PM          
7:40-8:00 PM          
8:10-8:30 PM          
8:40-9:00 PM          
9:10-9:30 PM          
9:40-10:00 PM          


Dean Arakaki joined the Cal Poly faculty in 2001 and teaches courses in electromagnetics, RF systems, wireless communications, and antennas. Current interdepartmental projects involve students and faculty in both the biology and physics departments in developing algae biofuel culturing and processing methods (Boeing sponsored) and neutrino detecting antenna probe design for the ANITA and GNO (Antarctic and Greenland) programs. He also works on RFID tag analysis, antenna test chamber equipment (organic absorbers, positioner design, chamber layout) and EMC testing, and microstrip patch antenna design and analysis projects.

Summer positions include the Spacecraft Antennas Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA simulating and measuring reflectarray antennas (parallel supercomputers, anechoic chamber measurements) in the summers of 2002 and 2003. Dual reflector system analysis in the Radar Analysis Branch, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC was completed in the summer of 2004. RF communications systems simulations and analysis (US Marines) was completed at Oceanit Laboratories, Honolulu, Hawaii in the summers of 2006 and 2008.

Dean Arakaki received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2000 from Penn State University, University Park, PA. Prior to teaching at Cal Poly, he worked in the Antenna, Microwave, and Systems Department at Raytheon Systems Company in Goleta, CA.

Teaching Interests

  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Antennas
  • RF Systems


  • Anechoic Chamber - The Cal Poly EE Department operates a microwave-band Antenna Anechoic Chamber to complement coursework and student and company-sponsored projects in the antennas and RF (radio frequency) area.
  • Algae Biofuel - This Boeing-sponsored multidisciplinary research project focuses on algae cell biofuel production involving Cal Poly’s Biological Sciences, Food Sciences, and Electrical Engineering departments. We use pulsed electric fields to lyse (open) algae cells to release lipids for biofuel applications.
  • EMC Laboratory - The EE Department also operates the ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory (UHF range) for student and industry-sponsored projects and pre-qualification EMC characterization including radiated and conducted emissions, and radiated susceptibility and immunity testing.


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